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Old 08-09-2015
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Default Am I too old for USMLE? Many questions...need help!!!

Hello !

I have some.question relating to the registration and apllication procedures for the residence-programms.

I am a practising medical Dr. from Germany, but to get some more experiences I would rellay like to spend several years in the USA and make my residence-programm there. The problem is I am not anymore so young as the most other applicants , I am almost 36.
My first question is thus, can one in this age still make USMLE-Exams and if I manage to pass it succesfull, how difficlut is it then to finde a position in the Residency wenn I am 36 or 37?

Antoher important question that I would like to rais hier is Application-procedure.

Do I understand the application-procedure right? Is it really so, that the Matching occurs only one time per year? As I see, the Apllications to the Residence-Programms can be send beginning from July of the present year and the results of Matching will be announced in the March of the nex year, right?

The ERAS website opens in July, when is the deadline? When will it be closed?

I aks about it because I plan to pass my USMLE 1 in March or maybe in April 2016. After that I will need some time to prepare myself for USMLE 2. That will defenitely last for some months.

Can I send my Applications in July only with the results of USMLE 1 with the note that USMLE will be passed in for example September? What could be the lates deadline for this?

Sorry, I ask so many questions at one time , but after seraching in the internen and reading so much info about that I still do not have clear picture / plan how to proceed further.

Thank you in advance!
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There is no age discrimination in USA for try your best to achieve your goals..for application process and ERAS go to particular ecfmg websites and get all the information you want..that's the best way..good luck..
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Going through residency in your age is totally doable. Not all programs accept older graduets, but there are many that do. So as long as you don't have your heart set on program XY, it's totally ok to do it now.
You should consider however, that residency life is not easy (especially if you have a family? you haven't mention). It's both time consuming and mentally draining and you should prepare yourself that you are starting at a rock bottom.
If you aim for better program, you should aim for a high score. These forums have substantial amount of information about the success in the tests.
After you're done with your ECFMG certification, you should consider gaining some clinical experience in the US, as this may further increase your chances of matching.
It is required for international medical graduates to gain their ECFMG certificate before they start residency. You can apply through ERAS before you have the certificate, but it is more likely that you will be considered for an interview if you have your certificate at time of submitting your application (that means passing steps 1, 2ck and 2cs). so plan accordingly. I am not sure, but I think that you start with your application in June/July, finish it during the summer and then actually apply for the programs in september/october.
You should probably aim to get your scores by summer in the year you apply, so the programs can see your scores in your application.
In First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 there is a section about the whole process.
It's okay to ask questions.
The path you are chosing is not easy, but if you have a strong application, the age is not such a big deal.
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I'm an old grad too taking the exam ..and i know few pl who r in mid 40s or in 50s preparing for this exam here in usa ,i know ppl not too many though who got into residency recently as an very old IMG in late 30s or 40s . also i know few young img in late 20 s r waiting and not getting into residency with avg score ,offcourse nowadays scenario r very tough but not completly negative this forum,many ppl r giving you the advises who r not here in USA or do not get chance to see inside out .I'm not criticizing them, things are tough but you should try .yes .u need to build some connections along with good score >230 .offcourse it is a long journey and if you can wait few years and continue to get clinical experiences as wel as some research work in usa,may be 2-3 years or more ,you will get some connections in various ways by this time and keep on trying ,make good cv ,have faith , you will crack it . all the best.

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